Thursday, December 20, 2012

BOINGBOING.NET: In which Santa helps remind us all of the importance of metadata

"At the Information Culture blog Bonnie Swoger offers some Christmas-themed examples that will help you remember what metadata is, help you understand why it's such a big deal, and improve your ability to do metadata right."




http://boingboing.net/2012/12/20/in-which-santa-helps-remind-us.html

...brig

--
Brig C. McCoy
Network Services Manager
Kansas City, Kansas Public Library

Thanks, Brig! You have always sent Kansas Librarians such good stuff!

Micaela

Monday, December 17, 2012

If you have questions about the effects of the "Fiscal Cliff" go to first link for a general explanation, the second link is an individual calculator.

http://taxfoundation.org/article/how-would-fiscal-cliff-affect-typical-families-across-country-0

http://interactive.taxfoundation.org/taxcalc/#calculator

(Thanks to Jeff Imparato for these links.)


(thanks to The Californian.com)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Finals and Farewells

With finals upon us, some of you may need some last minute, midnight hour books for your final papers. Be sure and click on the two links in the Trials section of the website. You'll find it under "What's New" on the lower right of the website.

One is for ProQuest ebrary Collection Trial, the other is for EBSCO eBook Academic Collection Trial.

In ProQuest, after you enter your search phrase, you'll retrieve a lot of books as well as a set of subject areas so you can narrow your topic down nicely. I recommend you watch the date of publication, and aim to look at titles on about 30 books in your subject area.

You'll find a completely different set of ebooks in the EBSCO Academic Collection. It's a smaller, more limited result set: be sure to expand the subject set to see what areas the ebooks cover. There's also a category list, which gives more options.

I'm interested to know which you prefer, as we make our selection of one or the other. Please comment!

-Micaela

P.S. Farewell to some wonderful students I've met this semester: student workers here in the library and other students in my ceramics class. Blessings!

Monday, December 03, 2012

Year in Review 2012

The Newsbank people are providing special reports as outlined here. Perhaps one of the topics will prove useful as Butler students prepare their final papers and study for final exams:

NEWSBANK SPECIAL REPORTS

December 2012 – Update

New Special Report - Year in Review 2012 - covering the important issues and events that made news this year.

NewsBank’s Special Reports are news articles, images, videos and other useful content grouped for convenience under specific topics and themes. Easily accessible within NewsBank resources, they enable users to quickly locate information on a specific subject while helping them gain better insight into current issues and events on a global scale. Each Report features current and retrospective coverage, and new articles are added daily. Special Reports constitute a unique value to your users, and are included with your NewsBank subscription. There are over 50 Reports to be sure the information you need is always available.

All Special Reports are accessed from the left side bar on your online resource menu page at infoweb.newsbank.com, on search screens and the Other NewsBank Products link in full-text newspaper products. We suggest adding a link to these Reports on your library webpage under all relevant subject areas.

Featured Special Reports covering current issues and events that may be of particular interest to you at this time.

Natural Disasters

Issues in the News

World Economics

World Environment

World Health

World Politics and Government

Education Around the World

Science and Health in the News

Terrorism and Conflict


Watch for the release of additional current events and issues featured throughout the month as news happens.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Let the Holidays Begin!

The Butler Libraries invite you to share the spirit of the season at our Holiday Open Houses!
The Butler Ladies perform, 2011

At BOE, festivities begin at 2:00 pm on Thursday, Nov. 29th with a holiday concert featuring The Butler Chamber Singers and The Butler Ladies vocal groups. Enjoy refreshments while listening to terrific music performed by Butler’s finest. There’s a special surprise in store for those of you who find yourself in the 600 Building, 2nd floor, El Dorado campus library at exactly 2 pm.

At BOA, stop in at the Andover 5000 Library Open House across from the bookstore for conversation, cookies and other treats all day long during our hours 9 am to 7 pm.

Happy Holidays from all of us at both campus libraries – we hope to see you this Thursday.

--The Butler Libraries Staff


Thursday, November 15, 2012

EBooks Mystery

Check out this story about eBook publishers and libraries trying to purchase eBooks from Heather Braum's email post today:

It's worth a read and is a good piece to educate those who ask why the library doesn't have "this title" in ebook format.

The State Library of Kansas' Facebook page, "The Big 6", gets a mention in the story:

>From the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/art-brodsky/the-mystery-of-the-missin_b_2131277.html
--
Heather Braum
Digital and Technical Services Librarian
Northeast Kansas Library System
hbraum@nekls.org

4317 W. 6th St.
Lawrence, KS 66049
Office: (785) 838-4090
Fax: (785) 838-3989

http://www.nekls.org/ | http://www.nexpresslibrary.org/

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Technology Survey for College Students



Would you like to win an iPad? Do you want to help your library? How about adding your voice to a global survey about technology? If you have 15 minutes, you have enough time to participate in a global study about undergraduate college students, information literacy, and e-resources.

Participants will be automatically entered to win a brand new iPad, and anyone who takes part in the survey will be contributing to the research on libraries and technology today. Please find the survey link below. Questions or comments may be submitted to shiva.darbandi@credoreference.com

The survey:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/official_e-resources_il_survey

Library’s Digital Shelves Missing Nearly 90% of Bestsellers




IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Nov, 7, 2012
For more information, contact:
Candace LeDuc, 785-291-3230


The State Library of Kansas Launches Facebook Page Advocating for Library Users.

Topeka, KS, — Six major publishers are making it difficult, if not impossible, for libraries to purchase ebooks. Those same six publishers are responsible for publishing nearly all the bestsellers.

The State Library of Kansas has been at the front of the ebook conflicts, since State Librarian Jo Budler rejected a contract renewal from the ebook monopoly OverDrive, that would have increased costs nearly 700%. Since then, Kansas has settled in nicely with alternative platforms that include 3M, OneClickDigital, and the newly acquired Freading and Baker & Taylor. Now the dilemma seems to lie with six publishers, Hachette, Macmillan, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and the newly merged Random House and Penguin Group.

In reaction to the unfair restrictions and prices these publishers are placing on ebooks in libraries, The State Library launched a community Facebook page, www.facebook.com/thebig6ebooks, bringing attention to the titles publishers are refusing to sell to libraries, price gouging or limiting checkouts per copy purchased. Budler is hopeful that this page will bring librarians and library users together and show that they are aware of the gaps on their digital shelves and are mindful of the publishers responsible. “Writing to publishers and complaining to each other about the publisher/library ebook conflict wasn’t enough,” said Budler. “We needed a platform of our own to come together with the public and really take a look at the content NOT available. It’s really a missed opportunity for these publishers. Data indicates that libraries increase ebook buying business. Why are these publishers seeing this as a threat and not an opportunity? This is a gain-gain for all parties -- the libraries, the publishers, and the readers.”

To help bring attention to titles affected by publisher’s unwillingness to work with libraries, please visit and like www.facebook.com/thebig6ebooks. For more information on ebook lending in Kansas, visit your local library or www.kslib.info/digitalbooks.html.
Me too!Ah

Monday, November 05, 2012

Please Vote

Kansas Elections
The Kansas Government Information blog has recently been updated with a short article concerning the upcoming election. It is nonpartisan and discusses some nuts and bolts of the Kansas election process from a voter's perspective. It also contains a few links to official Kansas government sites that may prove helpful.

ksdocs.blogspot.com

Friday, October 12, 2012

Rachel’s Challenge

Students, Faculty and Staff-

In the past 24 months, 500 teen suicides and 7 school shootings averted nationally because of Rachel’s Challenge.

Rachel’s Challenge is one of the largest school based character development programs in the nation with over 2,200 schools experiencing Rachel’s Challenge last year alone. Based on the life and writing of Rachel Joy Scott who was the first victim of the Columbine school shooting tragedy in 1999, Rachel’s Challenge was created to equip and inspire students to replace acts of violence, bullying, and negativity with acts of respect, kindness, and compassion.

Video Link (5 min): The Story That Changes Everything

Rachel’s Challenge is working to make a positive impact in the lives of everyone in the community and we would like your support bringing kindness and compassion to every student in the Wichita Community. A FREE presentation of Rachel’s Challenge will be held on the Wichita State University campus on Tuesday, November 6 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm.


RSVP TODAY!!

or contact Scott Mayeux via email at scottm@rachelschallenge.org
or call 877-895-7060 X712.


Rachel’s Challenge Community Event
Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 (Free Presentation)
Time: 2:00PM-3:30PM; Registration begins at 1:30PM
Location: Wichita State University at the Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex
Address: 5015 E 29th Street N., Wichita, KS 67260

Students needing transportation to this event, please contact Andrea Weiss at aweiss2@butlercc.edu or Sherri Conard at sconard@butlercc.edu.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Films on Demand Help Center


Films On Demand is pleased to present a new Help Center, containing more than 200 completely updated articles, video tutorials, and FAQs to assist you in getting the most out of this dynamic streaming video platform. The clean interface allows for quick navigation, plus the searchable content features new Search Assist technology, ensuring you can find the answers you need.

Content includes:

Quick Start Guides
How-To Tips
Tech/Admin Tips
FAQs
What's New?
Contact Us


A dynamic list of the most popular Top Articles appears on the left-hand side of every Help Center page. Page tools allow each article to be printed or emailed for easy sharing. At the bottom of most entries is a "Related Articles" list that directs users to additional Help Center articles on similar topics. And if you can't find what you are looking for, you can use the new Contact Us page to submit a question to our Product Support team.

Butler offers Films on Demand through its library catalog (individual titles) and its website (Videos). Butler Pipeline log-on required.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Bookmans Does Banned Books

It's Banned Books week again... each year the American Library Association uses this week to draw attention to the variety and scope of books that have been banned in one venue or another. Take a peek here at a video created by Bookmans in their 36-year stand against the concept of banning books.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Voting this year?

I found out today that voter registration for El Dorado closes on October 16th. You can get this information and more about your home district (if you are voting as an absentee student) from a new tool the League of Women Voters provides that helps people register to vote, and offers information on voting requirements and state deadlines.

The Vote 411 tool allows users to build an online voter’s guide, view political races, compare candidate positions side-by-side and print out “ballots” that can be used to remind the public to vote on Election Day. The tool also provides visitors with helpful voting information, candidate statements and details on current issues. http://www.vote411.org/


Monday, September 17, 2012

Reading "Swerve"

Hi Micaela,
Thanks for sharing your reading chair with us. It’s now up on our PInterest Board.

http://pinterest.com/rhlibrary/my-reading-chair/

It’s so lovely with the nice painting beside it.
Have a great weekend,
Krista
Random House Library Marketing

"Films on Demand".... and bandwidth

Ok, as much as I love Films on Demand,and the fact we offer the collection to Butler through the library now, there have been a few issues in certain buildings, certain classrooms.

The help desk can't do a whole lot to change the limits on bandwidth of our facilities. Upgrades have been done over the last few years and will continue. Meanwhile, what's an instructor to do?

If the film rolls, fine. You might want to consider just planning a small segment first, to see how it's playing in the class that day. You might want to assign all films outside of class, then discuss in a flipped classroom style.

I'm happy to provide this resource to Butler and the comments from faculty and students have been appreciative. I wish it were perfect... please share any other tips you have.

-Micaela

Friday, September 14, 2012

Talk Like a Pirate, You Say? Avast, ye landlubbers!

International Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19, 2012. Join the fun by brushing up your accent on our new subscription to the Mango Language Learning database, supplied to the state of Kansas through the State Library of Kansas.
Learning a new language with Mango Languages is free for all library patrons, and offers a fast and convenient solution for our community’s increasing language-learning needs. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture. Users learn actual conversation, breaking down complex linguistic elements within an audio-visual framework that draws important connections and builds on information they have already learned.
Mango is available in two versions. One is Mango Complete, a 100-lesson course that is designed to provide a deep understanding of a language and its culture. The second is Mango Basic, which teaches everyday greetings, goodbyes and helpful phrases in a short period of time and is designed to appeal to a beginner in a new language. There are more than 40 foreign language courses available and 16 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.
Sample this kind of learning with Pirate and maybe you'll go on to learn a living language like French or Spanish: there's over 40 available!
Get there from the main library website or through Butler Pipeline.



Monday, September 10, 2012

Issues and Controversies Database

...has added new, comprehensive coverage that probes a range of hot-button issues surrounding Child Abuse. Furthermore, they report,
We've thoroughly revised and updated our coverage of some other top subjects--coverage that students and educators turn to again and again for key facts, perspective, and analysis. We've looked in depth at many significant issues and examined how recent events and major news stories have shaped national controversies.

Updated, revised, enhanced content topics include abortion, capital punishment, gun control. Major new articles include strip searches, the Presidential candidates and religion, and medical testing guidelines.




Issues and Controversies is available in the Electronic Resources page of Butler Libraries main page or in Pipeline. Access is provided for Butler Community College students, staff and faculty through your username and password, and to community members within the library on campus.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sept. 18 at 7 pm: "Love What You Do"


Food Network Chef Warren Brown,host of Sugar Rush, visits Butler this fall. He'll be signing his third book, CakeLove in the Morning: Recipes for Muffins, Scones, Pancakes, Waffles, Biscuits, Frittatas, and Other Breakfast Treats.

Put the date on your calendar! For more info and a video, click here for the Butler Blog post.

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Movie is Coming and It's Based On...


The movie is coming and it's based on a book.

See this great roundup of new movie titles coming and read the book that we have in the library collection. Sometimes the movie is better... most times the book is.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

60 Apps...

in 60 minutes.

Today I received the invitation to the Oklahoma ACRL Fall Conference in Tulsa November 2nd. The keynote speaker is "Joe Murphy, librarian, author and technology trend spotter extraordinaire." So, checking out his website at http://joemurphylibraryfuture.com/ -- lo and behold, 60 Apps in 60 Minutes. He presented this to Special Libraries Association in June 2011, but since his technology savvy is way ahead of mine, I knew it would be worth a look, even a year+ later.

Yes, I have a few of them for my iPhone. But I didn't know Google search had a voice component. Or that it will let me search using pictures from my phone camera (Google Goggles). Oh, and GoodReader has a PDF reflow, so I can finally read PDF on my iPhone... and take notes. Neato. This has been so worth looking at already.

Whew. Now I see the update from July this year: 60 Apps in 60 Minutes, Redux: The Next 60 Apps You Need to Know.


I think I'm going to need to go to Tulsa this year.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Librarians -- the Original Search Engines

This came out a year ago, but bears repeating:

Also troubling to the researchers was their finding that students don't typically ask librarians for help, even when they know the resource is available. Asher says librarians are "absent from most students' academic worldview." They don't realize that 30 minutes with the librarian could open up a whole range of scholarly research material and databases that aren't available through a quick Google search.

From Just Google It: How Search Engines Stunt College Students' Research Skills, August 30, 2011.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Kansas Notable Books

One of the most intriguing projects of the Kansas Center for the Book is the Notable Books List and awards.
The Kansas Notable Books List is the annual recognition of 15 outstanding titles by Kansas authors or about Kansas. It is the only honor for Kansas books by Kansans, highlighting our lively contemporary writing community and encouraging readers to enjoy some of the best writing of the authors among us.

We have all but 8 of the titles, listed in alphabetical order below, and those 8 are on order today. Go here for a summary of each.





















Thursday, July 19, 2012

Mango Languages



The State Library of Kansas Announces the Addition of Mango Languages
-- A Free and Fun New Way for Kansas to Learn New Languages


Topeka, KS, July, 19, 2012 — The State Library of Kansas is pleased to announce that beginning August 1st, it will offer the Mango Languages online language-learning system to the state of Kansas.

Learning a new language with Mango Languages is made available to all Kansas library patrons, at no charge, by the State Library of Kansas and offers a fast and convenient solution for our state’s increasing language-learning needs. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture. Users learn actual conversation, breaking down complex linguistic elements within an audio-visual framework that draws important connections and builds on information they have already learned.

Mango will be available in two versions per language selected. One is Mango Complete, a 100-lesson course that is designed to provide a deep understanding of a language and its culture. The second is Mango Basic, which teaches everyday greetings, goodbyes and helpful phrases in a short period of time and is designed to appeal to a beginner in a new language. There are more than 40 foreign language courses available and 16 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

"We are thrilled to add Mango Languages to our new list of databases launching August 1st." said State Librarian Jo Budler. "Kansans want to learn a second language for business, travel, or just because they think it would be interesting. No matter the reason, Mango makes learning a language fun and we hope the state takes full advantage of one of our newest investments towards enhancing Kansas."

For a full list of all the databases included in the packages the State Library will offer statewide as of August 1, 2012, visit http://www.kslib.info/librarians/databases-fy2013.html.

Founded in 2007, Mango Languages is recognized as a leading provider of online language learning services to libraries, government agencies, corporations and the general public. Designed by a team of linguists, teachers, software developers, human interface specialists, writers, voice talents and designers, the company’s award-winning language learning system has drawn acclaim from prominent national and international reference groups, educational resources, Web organizations and travel guides. For more information, visit www.mangolanguages.com.


For more information, contact:

Candace LeDuc, 785-291-3230

Many Thanks,

Candace LeDuc
Communications Coordinator
State Library of Kansas
300 SW 10th Street
Room 169W
Topeka, Kansas 66612
(785) 291-3230

Monday, July 09, 2012

Creating Learning spaces




We're getting KI's new award-winning Learn2™ Mobile seating for the Library Classroom. This uniquely versatile seat and tablet combination personalizes the learning experience for lefties or righties, for those drinking coffee from Library Latte, and for our instructor, Judy Bastin. At this year's NeoCon, KI was recognized with a Best of NeoCon Gold award for Learn2™ in the Education Solutions category. They look beautiful and work well!

Jacob, one of the Facilities student workers here on campus, at work on the wall that will highlight the smart board in the classroom.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

To our faithful users this summer, a tribute...

STILL LIFE
Grazing in the Stacks of Academe
By BEN RATLIFF


A writer finds refuge from the heat, and from the world, in the stacks of Butler Library at Columbia University.

You're welcome to come to Butler Community College library in El Dorado, KS, for the same comforts...

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/27/arts/butler-library-at-columbia-is-a-haven-for-body-and-mind.html?smid=pl-share



Friday, June 22, 2012

A Winner Reads

From my good friends at Shelf Awareness:

NBA Champion LeBron James Was 'Reading a Little Bit More'





Maybe it was the secret to his success.
"For me, it's relaxing honestly. You spend so much preparation for the games, sometimes you just need to get away from it for a little bit. The reading has helped me get away from the game a little bit, and I'm able to zero in once I'm done and get ready for the games.... I wanted to try something new in this postseason honestly. I'm not watching much TV so I'm reading a little bit more.... People have seen me walking around with [books and] they've been given lists of books to read."
--LeBron James, whose Miami Heat team won the NBA Championship last night.

USA Today reported that since the playoffs began, James had read West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life; The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream; The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference; and, most recently, Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games trilogy and Jay-Z's Decoded.

I'm going to pick up The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream, but we have all the rest of these winning reads here at the library for you this summer.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Summer Reading!

A lot of us are into our summer reading now. whether or not you make a list, or just dip randomly in the bookshelves or your pile, sometimes you've just got to get the flavor of a book you just read back again. for this I recommend a simple 'reads like' website that Rachel at Towanda Public Library shared with me.

READALIKES



By Author By Series By Genre

If you like�

Look up your favorite author's name and find new authors who write like your favorite author! Jump quickly to your author's last name by using the letter links below. Authors with an * by their name means we have their books in our library.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

And that's all there is to it! A simply wonderful service at the click of a link. But if that doesn't get you what you want, be sure to talk to your librarian. There's a brain in librarian!




Tuesday, May 22, 2012

World Domination Through Librarianship

From our Kansas Library Association Conference. Subtitled: Why Librarians Will Take Over the World and What to Expect from Your New Overlords

Monday, May 14, 2012

Congratulation, graduates! Bring on the freshmen.

And so a new year begins.

For a little inspiration, XKCD puts a mathematical spin on what we do for a living here at the college in this panel entitled Ten Thousand.

Could someone please tell me about the Yellowstone super-volcano?

Friday, May 11, 2012


Starting May 14, Butler Libraries move to summer service hours.
(all libraries will be closed Tuesday, May 15 for staff development)

BOE L.W. Nixon Library, 600 Building, 2nd floor: 8-5 Monday - Friday

BOA Andover:

Andover 5000, near the bookstore:
Mon-Thurs. 9am-7pm
Fri. 9am-2pm
Andover 6000 hours High School Library/Media Center:
Mon.-Thurs. 9am-5pm
Fri. Closed

Please note that if you have a class that needs the library in the evening, you may call us to make special arrangements during the week prior -- 322-3234.


Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

1940 U.S. Census - anyone you know in it?

Hello all...

This week's Kansas Government Information (KGI) blog has information on the release of the 1940 US Census:

http://ksdocs.blogspot.com/2012/04/1940-census-enumeration-information.html

The Kansas Government Information blog is a service of the State Library of Kansas.

Bill Sowers
Kansas Documents and Cataloging Librarian
State Library of Kansas
ksdocs@library.ks.gov

Monday, April 09, 2012

Our DEWEY Winner 2012

On Thursday, April 5, 2012 at Institutional Development Day, Micaela Ayers, Director of Library Services, and Dr. Karla Fisher,Vice President for Academics, introduced our DEWEY Winner:

Wow, nine DEWEY nominees. What a fantastic group of people who honor us with their use of the library every year.

Please know you are appreciated by students, staff, and faculty who turned their admiration for how you use the library into an award nomination. Freda Briggs, Sue Cecil, Susan Forrest, Ron Garber, Karla Duran, Troy Nordman, Michelle McClendon, Matt Webster and Bernie Wonsetler.

DEWEY stands for Developing Education with an Excellent Library: Yours.

Thanks to you all.

The first DEWEY Award winner was Jane Watkins, in 2010; and last year’s winner was Gina Austin-Fresh.

The library has been extraordinarily busy this year,
• Completing the digitization of all of the historical Butler yearbooks and the Grizzly magazines – please find them on our website.
• We’ve purchased over 1,000 Books and access to 3500 eBooks, and check out 19,000 items a year.
• We’ve sent out over 550 interlibrary loans.
• We now have the Wichita Eagle online back to 1984.
• And it’s all available on your mobile device.

Finally, we’ve instructed over 3000 students in Andover and El Dorado this year in information literacy, course-specific resources, and quality research. That’s remarkable, because it depends on you faculty to arrange those sessions, and you do, helping us reach our goal of meeting student needs.


The DEWEY Award annually recognizes a faculty member who is an outstanding user of the Butler library. This might include:

• innovative, consistent, effective use of the library in teaching
• program activities that bring students and/or the community into the library
• promotion, encouragement or support of the library and its resources and services
• contributions towards thoughtful, timely, and in-depth resource development


In this case, the nominee

“understands the importance of library resources to her student’s education, and encourages them to use those resources as often as possible. She – and it is a she – consistently brings them to the library to take advantage of Judy’s excellent instruction and is always open to trying new techniques. She encourages their understanding and use of quality sources and their ability to independently analyze them. She is consistently positive, yet pushes her students to excel, and makes certain they understand the concepts. And she always tells them to take advantage of library staff help and knowledge to succeed in their educational goals – and to have fun with other resources such as our wii and movies. Michelle McClendon is a true library advocate in every sense of the word!

And she is our DEWEY award winner this year.

With this recognition, Michelle is awarded a
• A $500 grant to select books for the library out of the library budget in their subject area
• A $50 Barnes and Noble gift certificate to purchase books for self-inspiration presented in this lovely basket of goodies with a “Time to Read” theme
• She’ll make an appearance on library READ posters around the college and permanently framed in the library (a print is giving to the winner) as well as having her own READ bookmarks to use
• And she’ll have a permanent place in the library on the Award plaque listing all our winners.

Thanks again to all our nominees. Hope to see you here next year.

Congratulations, Michelle McClendon!

Monday, April 02, 2012

Butler's Online Yearbooks - ALL of them!

Yes! From 1927 to 1995, with more current editions of The Grizzly Magazine afterwards, you can get to the Butler Community College yearbooks at this link:
http://www.archive.org/details/butlercommunitycollege

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Corrected DEWEY award nominees list

My bad.

I left off Karla Duran, instead substituting the person who nominated her for the award, Kathy McCloskey. Kathy was kind enough to point out my mistake; she gets a special award in my book.

So here is the corrected final list:
Congratulations to the following faculty members were nominated by students, staff or faculty to receive the 2012 Butler Libraries "DEWEY" Award:

Freda Briggs, Susan Cecil, Susan Forrest, Ron Garber, Karla Duran, Troy Nordman, Michelle McClendon, Matt Webster and Bernie Wonsetler

Please join us in applauding their efforts and awarding the final winner during Spring 2011 Institutional Development Day Thursday, April 5, 2012.

Micaela Ayers
Director, Library Services
Butler Community College
901 S. Haverhill Road, El Dorado, KS 67042
mayers@butlercc.edu 316 322-3235
http://livelibrary.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Winter's Bone/Hunger Games

I took his advice - the Head Butler - and saw Winter's Bone last summer. We have it on DVD in the library. Now I hope to see The Hunger Games this weekend...


Check it out.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

DEWEY Award Nominees announced!

Congratulations to the following faculty members were nominated by students, staff or faculty to receive the 2012 Butler Libraries "DEWEY" Award:

Freda Briggs, Susan Cecil, Susan Forrest, Ron Garber, Kathy McCoskey, Troy Nordman, Michelle McClendon, Matt Webster and Bernie Wonsetler


Please join us in applauding their efforts and awarding the final winner during Spring 2011 Institutional Development Day Thursday, April 5, 2012.


Micaela Ayers
Director, Library Services
Butler Community College
901 S. Haverhill Road, El Dorado, KS 67042
mayers@butlercc.edu 316 322-3235
http://livelibrary.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Best Fictional Bookstores in Pop Culture

From Shelf Awareness:

Flavorwire showcased the "10 best fictional bookstores in pop culture," noting that "being as pop culture-minded as we are, we've found that we like the fictional shops almost as much as those we can visit in real life."
Monsieur Labisse’s bookshop, from Hugo

Friday, March 02, 2012

Happy Birthday, Dr. Suess

The celebration of the birthday of dear Dr. Seuss continues, I'm happy to report.

And The Lorax comes out today.. perhaps I'll head to the Warren Theatre to research the quality of the production.

Meanwhile, meet our own Dr. Seuss, a jolly Hypostomous plecostomus, in the library fish tank.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Women's History Month 2012

My sister published a book this year:

Find it on Amazon.com. Also:

The Kansas Government Information (KGI) blog celebrates Women's History Month this week with a sampling of links connecting researchers to resources on women in the U.S. and Kansas.

http://ksdocs.blogspot.com/2012/02/womens-history-month.html

The KGI blog is a service of State Library of Kansas employees.

(From Bill Sowers
Kansas Documents and Cataloging Librarian
State Library of Kansas
ksdocs@library.ks.gov)

--Micaela

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Please send in your DEWEY nominations!

Gina Austin-Fresh, 2011 DEWEY Award winner

Butler Students, Staff and Faculty:

The Libraries at Butler annually recognize the outstanding work of a faculty member who is an extraordinary developer of library users of a new generation. We applaud their valuable contribution to the information literacy of our students. Jane Watkins, retired English Department instructor, was our winner in 2010, Gina Austin-Fresh in 2011. Today you can nominate a faculty member to receive the 2012 Butler Libraries DEWEY Award.

If you learned how to navigate the library this year, had an assignment that got you thinking about how easy the librarians were to work with, or were inspired by a colleague's use of the library in teaching, this is your chance to recognize an influential faculty member.

Please go to http://butlercatalog.butlercc.edu/forms/Library_DEWEY.cfm to complete the brief nomination form. Nominations close March 16, 2012. Representatives from the library and the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Karla Fisher, will select the winner. We will award the prizes on Institutional Development Day. Prizes include appearing on a Read poster, a gift certificate and a $500 grant for library materials in the instructor’s area of expertise.

Questions? Call Micaela Ayers, Director of Library Services, 316-322-3235, mayers@butlercc.edu
Thank you for your help in selecting our winner in 2012!

Jane Watkins, 2010 DEWEY Award winner